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How to logistically allow every willing to speak at a funeral


At Legacy, we help lift the burden off of putting together a slideshow, and help you by meeting you with your photo stack or uploading the digital photos to our computer.

If you have non-digital photos we would either have you scan them first or get together with us at Kinkos. There we would use their fast scanner to digitize the photos and hand the photos back to you, and use the Kinkos DVD for production. (We want to absolutely make sure nothing bad happens to your precious original photos.)

Once we have the order of photos and song selections. we begin immediately. We hear your ideas or custom expressions that you may want us to include. We understand this is a big undertaking and we want to guide you throughout the production process.

Plan on an average of 3-4 seconds for each photo that you have, or 20-25 photos per minute depending on the speed of the song you’ve chosen. The final length of the presentation amounts to how long the songs go, up to no longer than 15 minutes. Any longer and you will lose the attention of your audience.

The biggest consideration you should make in choosing photos is that the better the photo quality in the beginning, the better it will look in the end. It’s better to pick close-ups for the slideshow over photos that lack resemblance and detail. Try to avoid damaged photos (with cracks, discoloration, severe moisture damage, stains, or photos cut into shapes). We will often attempt to restore damaged pictures digitally.

Also, if you want your pictures chronologically ordered make sure to label them appropriately. If you are scanning your photos, a 4″x6″ photo should be 200dpi. Ideally, every photo should be 4″ x 6″ or larger. a 5″ x 7″ photo should be scanned at 150dpi.

If you would like us to incorporate video clips, we can use them just like a photograph. We will turn down the song volume as the clip plays.

If you have any questions concerning any of these things please contact us. Thank you!


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Live-Streaming, Pre-Recorded Speeches & Video Testimonials

When my wife Melana lost her father to cancer, she was logistically unable to attend his memorial, and feels like she was never able to get ‘closure’ from his passing. As event videographers we began getting requests to film funerals, and it resonated within us just how much having a video of her father’s funeral would’ve helped her.
In the few years that we have in this world we are writing a story and it just makes sense to put that all together at the end. Friends and family gather to give their perspectives, and grief turns to comfort. That is the purpose of the service and what we capture.
We use two high definition cameras to accomplish this to assure that what you are watching is smooth and seemless. We also use several microphones to record those who share. We record the PA as well, so that we can choose the better audio source.
As we’ve experienced, it’s tough to identify and notify the many people your loved one knew and cared for — especially in just a few days. We offer several ways to reach those who either miss notification of the service or who cannot attend the event on short notice. 
But we’ve found that funeral videography is far more than making sure that loved ones could attend the funeral. Video give you the opportunity to hear the perspectives and stories that you’ve never known. Your program will likely feature a handful of short stories, but afterwards we allow your guests the chance to include their own stories on the video and pay their respects. We’ve found that many will have something to get off their hearts that they could not share in the service.
Sometimes we present a special message during the service from a loved one who could not attend. They simply record a video on their cell phone, email it to us, and we present it with our projector and screen during the service. We also produce and present your slideshow during the service, along with music, so that you don’t have to worry about all things technical.
And I’ve saved the best for last – live streaming. Anyone with a computer or cell phone can watch the service from anywhere in the world. Our Live-Streaming hardware broadcasts high definition video and sound quality. Not only is the memorial available live, but remains online indefinitely, so if someone misses notification of the service they can still experience the video and have a time of closure. So you can have a second memorial in another city with either a simulcast video or the recorded video played at a later date.
Your edited video will be available on DVD and/or online on YouTube and Facebook, and since we do this full time you will have your video within two weeks. Because this is our livelihood, we are highly accountable to offer you our best, and we encourage you to consider our reviews and experience as you consider the person you entrust with this responsibility.